A row of cypress trees breaking the blue sky on a rolling hilltop. Olive groves and grapevines marching tidily down the side of a slope. Little medieval hill-towns gazing down upon a country that has been carefully cultivated since the time of the Romans.

Long before the first Etruscans made their appearance, wild vines grew in abundance all over the sunny rolling hills of Tuscany.

Located in central Italy along the Tyrrhenian coast, Tuscany is home to some of the world's most beautiful landscapes and some of the best known Italian wines in the world. The hilly, chalky soil and the weather conditions of Tuscany are ideal for grape and olive growing, and with the passing centuries, the numerous types of grapes grown gave rise to some rare and much-loved varieties.